Pineapple Bowls

I’d love to eat a huge Dole whip from these pineapple bowls. Aren’t they adorable?  They were cast from a real pineapple and look very realistic.

pineapple bowls

Hawaiian Luau Cookies

I’m the first to admit that I struggle with cake and cookie decorating.  There’s not a lot of artistic skills in this gal.  But, I can sure fake it thanks to outsourcing my baking to the experts.  These luau cookies are perfect for special events such as birthday parties, wedding favors or more. I’ve rounded up 10 different Hawaiian style cookies. Yum!

luau cookies

Luau Cookies

hibiscus cookies

Hibiscus Cookies

hawaiian wedding cookies

Hawaiian Wedding Cookies

beach theme cookies

Beach Theme Cookies

aloha cookies

Aloha Cookies

surf cookies

Surf Cookies

waikiki cookies

Hawaiian Cookies – too pretty to eat!

hawaiian bride and groom cookies

Hawaiian Bride & Groom Cookies

hawaiian shirt cookies

Hawaiian Shirt Cookies

hula girl cookies

Hula Girl Cookies

Aren’t these cookies adorable?  The hardest thing is deciding which one I love the most.

Life’s a Beach Cookies

Life’s a Beach! At least these cookies say it is.  I think this pail of goodies would make a great Mother’s Day gift or for any other beach lover out there.

life's a beach cookies

 Life’s a Beach Cookies – purchase from Cheryl’s.

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10 Hawaiian Style Wedding Cakes

The invitations are out and now you’re searching for the perfect Hawaiian style wedding cake.  Get prepared to be amazed as there are so many gorgeous choices that you may need the entire wedding party to help you choose your favorite!  These 10 Hawaiian style wedding cakes are amazing!

tiki hawaiian style wedding cake

 I love this tiki wedding cake! Wish I had seen this for my wedding. Via Cake Lava – based in Hawaii.

hawaiian wedding cake

 Hawaiian Wedding Cake – adorable! via. It has everything for the perfect Hawaiian theme wedding including turtle, slippahs,  a flower lei, ukuleles and flowers.

beach glass wedding cake

Beach Glass  Wedding Cake credit

red hawaiian wedding cakes

 Hawaiian Wedding Cake via 

turquoise tropical cake
Tropical Cake via 

hibiscus wedding cakeHibiscus Wedding Cake via

starfish wedding cake

Starfish Wedding Cake via

palm tree wedding cake

Simple, but themed palm tree wedding cake. via

beach wedding cake

Elegant Beach Wedding Cake credit 

coral reef wedding cake

Coral Reef Wedding Cake via Cake Lava.

Which one is your favorite? Please comment below!

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Hawaiian Shirt Cookies Tutorial

I love these adorable Hawaiian shirt cookies and thing they’d be fun for a luau. I’m not too steady with my decorating skills, but would love to learn. Sweet Sugar Belle has a tutorial on how to make Hawaiian shirt cookies.
hawaiian shirt cookie tutorial

 Here’s a few other Hawaiian cookie ideas:

pink hawaiian cookies

Pink Hawaiian cookies via Flicker.

hawaiian cookie

Woody Car Cookie 

blue hawaiian cookies

Blue Hawaiian cookies.

Have you ever made similar cookies? I would love to see them.

You may also like to view luau party ideas here.

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Hawaiian Tuna Recipe

hawaiian tuna recipe


I found this recipe courtesy of Williams-Sonoma.

Hawaiian Tuna Recipe


For the confit carrots:

  • 1 lb. organic carrots
  • 1 Tbs. yellow mustard seeds
  • 2 pieces fresh ginger, each 1 inch long
  • 1 tsp. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 cups grapeseed oil, plus more as needed

For the tuna:

  • 1 1/2 lb. sushi-grade center-cut ahi tuna
  • Extra-virgin olive oil as needed
  • Kosher salt, to taste

For the soy caramel:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • Juice of 1 lemon

For the crispy ginger:

  • Canola oil for shallow frying
  • 1 large piece fresh ginger, 2 inches long, unpeeled
  • Radish sprouts for garnish


To make the carrots, preheat an oven to 300°F. Place the carrots in a baking dish that is just large enough to hold them and add the mustard seeds, ginger and soy sauce. Add enough grapeseed oil to just cover the carrots, then cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil. Oven-braise the carrots until very tender, about 1 1/2 hours. Allow the carrots to cool in the oil. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the braising oil, and slice the carrots into 1/2-inch-thick rounds. Set the reserved oil and sliced carrots aside separately; discard the remaining braising oil or save it for another use.

To sear the tuna, cut the tuna into long rectangles 1 inch by 1 inch thick. Rub lightly with olive oil and season with salt. Heat a nonstick sauté pan or a cast-iron griddle over very high heat. Sear the tuna briefly on all four sides until just lightly colored (you want to keep the middle very rare). Transfer to a plate and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

To make the soy caramel, in a small saucepan, combine the sugar and water. Set over high heat and bring to a boil. Simmer, swirling the mixture occasionally (do not stir it), until the mixture turns amber, 4 to 5 minutes. Immediately remove from the heat and stir in the soy sauce. Set the saucepan in a bowl of ice water to quickly bring the soy caramel to room temperature.

In a small bowl, stir together 2 Tbs. of the soy caramel and 6 Tbs. of the reserved braising oil. Add a good squeeze of lemon juice and whisk well to make a broken vinaigrette.

To fry the ginger chips, in a small saucepan, heat 1 inch of canola oil to 350°F. Slice the ginger into thin rounds. Fry the ginger until lightly colored and crispy, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.

Cut the chilled tuna into 1/2-inch-thick tiles and arrange on a large platter. Arrange the braised carrots around the tuna, and drizzle the carrots and tuna lightly with the vinaigrette. Garnish with radish sprouts and the crispy ginger. Serves 4.

Adapted from Tyler Florence Fresh, by Tyler Florence (Clarkson Potter, 2012)

View more Hawaiian recipes here.

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